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Different suppliers of meds

I have been on meds since middle of July and I have never had the same meds from the same company. Is it just in my head but every time I get a new packet I feel I get more symptoms in the first week. I did ask chemist today and she said they only get what's delivered and have no control over manufacturers. I have used the same chemist from the start and now the manufacturer is NorthStar.

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Trendywends,

NorthStar is Actavis which is also known as Almus in Boots.

I would tell the pharmacist that unless they can guarantee you the make you prefer you will go elsewhere. Lloyds and Boots may be more constrained with suppliers than small pharmacies. I use a small independent high street pharmacy who were very accommodating when I asked them to ensure I was dispensed Actavis and not Mercury Pharma.

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The pharmacist must not know they are same company as I asked her and she never said. Thank you for that info though. I go to lloyds. I've had Mercury Pharma first month then actavis and now NorthStar so good to know that two months are the same.

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Trendywends,

Check which make Lloyds are dispensing next time and if they don't have Actavis and won't order it in for you ask for your prescription back and take it elsewhere.

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Hi i put a simular post on here 2 days ago, i have 3 small local chemists where i live and 2 of them were happy to order what i like but i do know them quite well, i find the larger pharmarcies like boots or superdrug etc may not oblige and order. Hope you have get someone who will help, what about asda, morrisons etc.

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Unfortunately all our small chemist no longer exist and it is just Lloyds and boots. I use the same chemist that I've use in year so was hoping for continuity.

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Hi Trendywends, I used to get mine from Boots, Almus is Boots packaging, the brand was always Actavis. After about a year they decided to issue me Teva. I declined it and stated I always have Actavis, they said you have Almus, I had to explain to their own staff that, that is not a brand and also I could see Actavis packaged as Almus on the shelf. They re-dispensed what I required, as I had not taken it out of the shop, but stated they could not always guarantee the same brand. I changed Chemist to an independent one, they have a note on the system that flags on my script for Actavis. If they do not have it in stock, then they order it in, always by midday the next day.

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